Scouting Report: Pistons-Spurs Game 4

The Spurs better be prepared for an inspired Pistons team wanting to get this series back to square one.

Updated: June 16, 2005, 11:41 AM ET
By Brian James | ESPN Insider
ESPN Insider Brian James will provide scouting reports throughout the NBA Finals.

Keys in Game 3
San Antonio: I've said many times that when two of the three stars on the Spurs play well, they usually win. When all three play well, they almost always win. But in Game 3, only Tony Parker played with the toughness and results that coach Gregg Popovich needed. Parker led his team with 21 points and took hard fouls in trying to get his patented layups off within six feet of the basket. Tim Duncan shot 5-for-15 for 14 points. Manu Ginobili, after getting his knee bumped in the opening minute, had only six shots resulting in seven points, and six turnovers. As a result, San Antonio lost Game 3. The double-teaming on Chauncey Billups to help out Parker in the post helped early. But as a team, San Antonio had positive results only in the first quarter, when eight different players scored. Robert Horry and Brent Barry continued to play well off the bench. But the Spurs were outscored by 23 points over the final three quarters. San Antonio ran out of gas when the doubling started, resulting in an 11-0 Pistons run, and the game was essentially over. One unusual stat was the Spurs were a plus-15 points on 3s, but a minus-22 on 2s.